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Sumatra: Tano Batak
From northern Sumatra around Lake Toba just like the Ulos Batak that we placed #2 in Coffee Reviews 2014 rankings. Batak loosely refers to a number of ethnic groups in the area, while "Tano" and "Ulos" are bean size sorting terms, or grades for green coffee.

This coffee comes from a collaboration of a hundred small holder producers around Lake Toba in the Lintong region. Collaborative coffee is the most common way things are done in Indonesia and Sumatra. This is a wet-hulled coffee which is, again, traditional to Sumatra. This wet hulling is known as Gilling Basah and involves the beans retaining more moisture after being washed before the parchment is removed which gives the coffee that traditional syrupy Sumatran cup.

Here we have outstanding quality control to insure a consistent cup that represents the very best of what Sumatran coffee can be like while also keeping any rustic flavors from being overwhelming. Much brighter and cleaner than most Sumatran coffees.

Watermelon is more dominant of the melon flavor, but we have a lot of caramel apple in the cup, with cardamom and a hint of mint.

Fifty cents from every retail bag of coffee we sell of this Ulos Batak goes to SURFAID, a non-profit working to assist families in Sumatra with water sanitation, nutrition, malaria prevention. Check them out at SURFAID.ORG!